Ailing African Violet

Asked June 27, 2019, 2:02 PM EDT

Hello Cooperative Extension Service Expert, Could you please tell me what this African violet is suffering from and what I can do to improve the plant's health? The plant just finished blooming beautifully, which is surprising given the condition of its outer leaves. Many thanks, Germaine

Prince George's County Maryland

1 Response

The older leaves are in decline and the plant appears to be hungry for nutrients. I recommend pruning off the outer yellowing leaves. Then re-pot the plant into fresh potting medium. There is good healthy foliage in the center of the plant and it should continue to grow well for you with a fresh supply of soil nutrients. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/pottingrepotting-houseplants

Here is our brief video on African violet care.
https://youtu.be/oTx2mFagbnk

Christa